Loved ones release butterflies to remember those lost over the past year
Big group comes to Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home for program and release
It's never easy to lose a loved one. In fact, it's always excruciating and painful. But during the COVID-19 pandemic, when so many people not only passed away largely alone and then their families were unable to hold traditional funeral services afterward because of pandemic restrictions on gatherings, it was all the more heart-wrenching and gut-wrenching.
Although the pandemic is still with us, on Tuesday evening, the Butterfly Journey Grief Group hosted a well-attended program at Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston. After the hour-plus program inside that featured speakers like local attorney Stephanie Harbott providing sound probate advice and Hospice of the Red River Valley highlighting the grief journey and services they provided, everyone ventured outside the funeral home, where they picked out of a basket individually wrapped Origami paper shaped like a butterfly. Soon after, they opened up the paper, and inside was an actually butterfly that flew away. Jim Bredman of Stenshoel-Houske said the butterflies were shipped to Crookston from Orlando, Florida. They are a species that will thrive in this climate.